The Big Tree Festival

Photo by Garth Lenz

At Elkington Forest, South Shawnigan, B.C.
In partnership with BC's Big Tree Registry

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free Admission | Everyone Welcome!

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We acknowledge the generous contributions of:

Sponsors - Living Forest Communities and Bartlett Tree Experts
Volunteers - BC Big Tree Registry, Dwight International School, Bartlett Tree Service & Shawnigan Lake residents
Venue - Elkington Forest Conservation Community

The 1st Annual Big Tree Festival

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free

You’re invited to come celebrate BC’s Big Trees and help us raise awareness about forest conservation!

At the first annual Big Tree Festival at Elkington Forest, come meet and greet celebrated ecologists, local eco-foresters, sustainable building experts and community leaders championing forest conservation, watershed protection and citizen science.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


With your help as citizen scientists and with the support of the BC Big Tree Registry officials, we’ll be measuring and enrolling our Big Trees in the Big Tree Registry – a first for trees in the Cowichan Valley Regional District! No forestry experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. Come make a difference for forest conservation in our province.

The BC Big Tree registry, a project of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, enlists the help of local citizens to identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of each species within British Columbia. Festival goers will measure Big Trees, collect research data and have the opportunity to be named as Nominators of a Big Tree. A photo of you with your favourite Big Tree could be included in the Big Tree Registry!


Festivities will include a community fair with eco- vendors, solar energy demo by Solaris Sunpumps, eco- home tours with Foreman Properties, TransCanada trail hike with the Shawnigan Lake Trails Committee, local food by Malahat Chalet Restaurant, coffee/tea samples from CrauseCo Fine Beverages, live music and children’s activities.


Come watch and learn low-impact tree climbing. Courtesy of festival sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and certified arborist Matthew Beatty. Matthew will demonstrate low- impact tree climbing while collecting data in the tree canopy for current academic research.

ECO-HOME Q & A with the experts

  • Come tour the Spruce Eco-home and get your $ questions answered by these sustainable building experts.
  • Home builder – Pine Lodge Contracting
  • Island Rep – Solaris Sunpumps
  • Timber framing – Mac
  • Home designer – Scala Development Consultants,
  • CANARM Rainwater Management specialist and more!


MICHAEL HARRY, Chief Councillor
Malahat Nation

ANDY MACKINNON, Committe Chair
BC Big Tree Registry

Renowned West Coast research ecologist, botanist and lecturer Andy Mackinnon is known for blending scientific fact with humour. He’s authored numerous books – his Plants of Coastal British Columbia has sold 250,000 copies. Andy will assist festival goers measure trees, and will share his stories about BC’s Big Trees.

Many of BC’s Big Trees have yet to discovered and recorded.” BC Big Tree Registry.

The Trust for Sustainable Forestry

Celebrated performing artist, author and conservation activist, Ann Mortifee is the founder of the Trust for Sustainable Forestry. The Trust provides a self-financing model to conserve forests through eco-forestry, organic mini-farms and sustainable development wherever there is community support.

Ann helped pioneer the eco-forestry/conservation model of development on Cortes Island when a neighbour’s beloved forest was threatened by the prospect of deforestation.

“A world in which we love the forest and act accordingly.” The Trust for Sustainable Forestry.

Shawnigan Lake

As an educator and activist, Sonia Fursteanu is a determined advocate on behalf of the Shawnigan community and its social, economic and environmental well-being. Sonia has mobilized citizens in getting their voices heard through effective letter writing campaigns resulting in positive change and community building.

At the festival, participants will learn how to use letter writing as an effective tool for environmental change.

Photo by TJ Watt

“Many of BC’s big trees are yet to be discovered and recorded!” BC’s Big Tree Registry

About Elkington Forest

Situated in 1,000 acres of mature and protected forest, Elkington Forest is a new conservation community with three master planned residential hamlets developed by Living Forest Communities in partnership with the Trust for Sustainable Forestry. Conservation/eco-forestry covenants protect 850 acres of medium growth and old-growth forest. Agricultural and residential properties are nestled within the remaining 150 acres. Located south of Shawnigan Lake, between Victoria and Mill Bay at Trailway Drive and Goldstream Heights.

For more information, please contact Deb Morse: info(AT), 250-386-6600 (office) or 250-858-8100 (mobile).